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HIVESWAP: Act 1

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Monsters in the yard. Monsters in the house. Monsters in the hall, beating on your door. Your brother's trapped in his treehouse, so he’s not gonna be much help. You're going to have to get yourself out of this. But where did they come from? How are you supposed to deal with this? Well, certainly not by cowering in your room. That's for, uh, cowards. First things first. You need to open the door. A LOVE LETTER TO '90s ADVENTURE GAMES ...without the accompanying frustration. As fun and well-paced as you generously remember them being. No dream-logic solutions, no hearing the same “those items don’t work together” message over and over. HIVESWAP has unique responses for everything you can try. Spend hours trying everything on everything, if you want to -- but not because you have to. Learn about the characters by exploring their homes! But like, in a good way! No audio logs split up and scattered around -- GUARANTEED. HAND-ANIMATED IN TWO DIMENSIONS Strange homes to explore, every room brimming with secrets. The world of HIVESWAP is beautiful and alive, from its hyper-detailed environments to its gorgeous fully-rendered animations. Come take a look! MUSIC TO MAKE YOU WEEP An eclectic, ambitious, genre-spanning soundtrack, featuring contributions from Undertale’s Toby Fox and, regrettably, at least one third-wave ska song. Also featuring at least one pseudo-revolutionary garage rock duo, with regrets of their own. WORLDS TO SEE, TEENS TO BE Play as JOEY CLAIRE, EXTRAORDINAIRE, a teen trapped in her room and in 1994. Play as JUDE HARLEY, BIZARRELY, her kid brother, trapped in his treehouse. Play as XEFROS TRITOH, ALIEN REBEL, wait. Aliens? JUST GETTING STARTED HIVESWAP: Act 1 is the first of a four-part series set in Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck universe, with a companion series, Hauntswitch, to follow. Continue your save from chapter to chapter, then from game to game, to carry your story, choices, friendships and frenemies across them all--then do it again! Once released, HIVESWAP and Hauntswitch will be playable in either order. Haven’t read Homestuck? That’s fine! This game is set in 1994! Homestuck hasn’t even been invented yet!
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Sep 13, 2017
Developer
What Pumpkin Games, Inc.
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What Pumpkin Games
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What Pumpkin Games, Inc., What Pumpkin Games
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.hiveswap.com

System requirements for Linux

Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 or newer
Processor: Dual core 3.0GHz+
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 2 GB VRAM
Storage: 6 GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard

System requirements for macOS

OS X 10.9 or later
Processor: Dual core 3.0GHz+
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 2 GB VRAM
Storage: 6 GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard

System requirements for PC

7 / 8 / 10
Processor: Dual core 3.0GHz+
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 2 GB VRAM
Storage: 6 GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard
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HIVESWAP: Act 1 reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
If you also loved the adventures of thumb-thumb, Sam Pyjam and the first King's quest, then you will be served... That was a moment that I had not so much hooked to a point and click! Not from the monkey's Island at least, or the Knights of Baphomet series! Well, here's a worthy heir to the genre. The story is original and captivating, and especially the designs are superb! Each piece of each "chapter" is designed with care, it is a real pleasure to see the characters evolve in this universe. I already have a weakness for 2D animation in General, but there also the quality exceeds my expectations! Hiveswap brings together absolutely all the criteria that I think make a good adventure game:-an original and interesting story (it's not always a pair)-varied characters and all also charismatic-a refreshing character design (simple and efficient)-stunning scenery (with a real artistic touch)-a band that meets previous criteria-humor! A great surprise, I look forward to being able to play as a result! 10/10
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Let's be clear, the game is not lame as such, but I can not recommend it to the general public in this State. I find it far too expensive for its content, the game is indeed very short and does not establish much in the end. He is particularly interested in the fans of Homestuck, who will find themselves in the angels since the soul of the comic is present to the foundations of the game, up to the funny jokes that make up 99% of the comic jokes. Go ahead if you're already a fan. Otherwise, you may find out before you start. I do not appreciate the episodic format to the telltale that adopts this game. Not that I hate episodic formats: the mass effect being a very good example of this format being successful, because each episode is enough to itself, unlike Hiveswap which, he, can ultimately be judged only by his sequel. We will have to wait for the continuation to see if Act 1 is recommendable or not, and that is a pity. Graphically, the game is sublime and has its own paw drawn from the best of Homestuck, and shows Hussie and co. at their best. The music goes from the fordable to the good, but it is far from what Homestuck has been able to offer better. However I cannot judge the whole OST with Act 1 since it is incomplete, and we will surely have the right to a new hearing slap in the Savior of the waking world. It is really frustrating to be able to judge Hiveswap only through the reduced vision of the small Keyhole that is Act 1. In short, to buy at your peril.
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